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We are all exposed at times to some form of manual handling such as lifting, carrying, pulling and pushing actions that can be compounded by simultaneous movements such as climbing or pivoting.


Personal injuries resulting from incorrect manual handling in the workplace accounts for over one million working days lost per year, as well as the pain and suffering experienced by the casualties.


Correct manual handling techniques can make a huge difference. 

Course Subjects

  • What is manual handling?

  • Manual handling injuries

  • Legislation

  • Avoiding manual handling

  • Accident reporting

  • Risk assessments

  • Risks associated with lifting and handling loads

  • Working environment

  • Other environmental factors

  • Individual capability

  • Good practice

  • Anatomy and physiology

  • Training, assessment 

Course Duration

Level 1: 4 hours

Level 2: 8 hours


Course numbers: 6-12 students per instructor

Can be delivered in the UK or internationally.

The course duration can be lengthened if being delivered internationally to allow for cultural and language restraints.

Who Should Attend

The qualification is designed for those who carry out manual handling at work and provides essential information about controls and hazards. Employers are required to take appropriate steps, including training, to reduce the risk of injury to employees who carry out any manual handling activities at work.


The Level 1 course is designed for all employees as an introduction to Manual Handling and is an excellent ingredient in the induction programme of new employees.

The Level 2 course is designed to go more in depth on the course syllabus and would ideally suit those students wishing to gain more knowledge who may be in a supervisory position.


The qualification does not have an expiry date but refresher training and keeping up to date with changes to policies, procedures and new legislation through ongoing CPD is vital.

Awarding bodies: NUCO, Highfields.

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